Aug. 25, 1906 Lavelle Schuylkill County Pennsylvania, USA
Aug. 27, 1995 Cornwall Lebanon County Pennsylvania, USA
Catharine Rebecka Snyder, the daughter of John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie Rebecka (Strohecker) Snyder, was born in Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Catharine's father, John H. Snyder, was a respected county and business leader, and was one of the co-founders of the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, which was incorporated in 1908. John H. Snyder was responsible for installing the first telephone lines in the Lavelle Valley, as well as in rural areas south of Ashland, Pennsylvania.
During the firm's early days, its main communications center was based at the Snyder family home on Main Street in Lavelle. As a chief stockholder and secretary of the company, John H. Snyder oversaw the firm's expansion which connected the Lavelle center with Bell Telephone Company's Ashland facility. After 47 years of transmission, full control of the firm was transferred to Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania in 1956.
In addition to John's involvement with the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, Minnie, John, and their oldest children also operated a dry goods store from the ground floor of the Snyder family home in Lavelle, which was located directly across from the Lavelle School.
As a young woman, Catharine was employed in various business administration positions, first when living in Reading, Pennsylvania with her sister, H. Corrine Snyder. She went by the nickname "Kitty" at this time. She then relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, where she resided with her younger sister, Lillian Estelle Snyder, on Autumn Street, which was close to Peter Bent Brigham Hospital where Lillian was working as a nurse.
Catharine ("Kit") Snyder married Charles F. Courtney on 12 July 1947, and resided with him in Lancaster, Pennsylvania until his untimely death in 1950. She continued to reside in their apartment for many years after his passing, and worked in administration for the New Holland Company.
During this time, careers took both of her sisters, Lillian and Corrine, to Baltimore, Maryland, where they remained until Lillian's retirement from her position as a nurse in the blood bank at Merck.
The three sisters, now all retired by the early 1970s, then moved in together in a larger apartment in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they volunteered for various non-profits, including serving as docents for President James Buchanan's home, Wheatland.
Family members referred to them collectively as "The Girls" throughout their lives and, while they were living in Lancaster, as "The Lancaster Aunts."
Catharine Rebecka (Snyder) Courtney passed away in Cornwall, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, and is interred at the Columbarium at the Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, Charles F. Courtney, and her sisters, H. Corrine Snyder and Lillian E. Snyder.
Kit's grandfather was Civil War veteran, Timothy M. Snyder, and her grandmother was Catharine (Boyer) Snyder.
An application in the 1940s made to the Sons of the American Revolution by Kit's brother, John Sylvester Snyder, attests to the family's relationship to Revolutionary War veteran, Johann (John) Nicholas Schneider.